Los Angeles County leaders Approve millions for legal fund meant to help Immigrants Facing Deportation
Last month, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved the allocation of $3 million a legal defense fund to help undocumented immigrants and others facing deportation. In December, Los Angeles city officials proposed creating the L.A. Justice Fund to help illegal immigrants facing deportation and the new funding means that the fund is closer to reaching its $10 million goal. One important thing to note is that legal representation would not be provided to people who have been convicted of, or who are currently appealing a conviction for a violent felony. Violent felonies include murder, rape, inflicting bodily harm, sexual assault, carjacking, extortion and threats to victims or witnesses, and other crimes. Supervisor Hilda Solis stated,
Today, the board took a significant step to create a safety net for immigrants, one that is pro-family, pro-economic growth and stability, and pro-civil and human rights. The LA Justice Fund will be able to help those individuals who have simply been trying to make a better life for themselves and their families.
According to the Boston Immigrant Justice Initiative, it costs $5,000 to fund an immigration case. Some people were disappointed in the fact that the fund would exclude some illegal immigrants, but it was the best thing to do to secure funds. Individuals that would qualify for the legal fund would be people with close ties to Los Angeles County whose family members are U.S. citizens, or who are lawful permanent individuals with community ties, or those who are deferred action for childhood arrivals or DACA recipients. People who are heads of a household with one or more dependent family members, unaccompanied children and veterans would also qualify. We will have to wait and see if the L.A. Justice Fund will reach its goal to raise $10 million.